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Education materials
     Solar Systems Astronomy
     Energy in Everyday Life
     Geometry of Art and Nature
AAS Journals
YouTube: AAS
2019 JINA R-process Workshop
2020 Digital Infrastructure
2020 MESA Marketplace
2020 MESA Summer School
2020 ASU Solar Systems
2020 ASU Energy in Everyday Life

Contact: F.X.Timmes
my one page vitae,
full vitae,
research statement, and
teaching statement.

I've been teaching since about 1990. Mainly astronomy, physics, and math. Past institutional affiliations include UC Santa Cruz, the University of Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently I teach at Arizona State University and the MESA Summer School at UC Santa Barbara.

I specialize in large enrollment, online, introductory courses. For example, between 2015 and 2018 I was the instructor for the largest college-credit eligible astronomy course in the world, Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy, offered by ASU and EdX. This experiment ended in 2018 and ASU embarked upon a new, but related, experiment focused on re-entry. Thus, the Earned Admissions version of my solar systems course is currently heavily enrolled with Starbucks, Uber, and other learners. My other course, Energy in Everyday Life, routinely hits 4-figure enrollments.

You can read more in my teaching statement.

In response to the coronavirus circa March 2020:

AAS Responds to Increased Online Instructional Needs
Teaching Astronomy Online - Tools and Tips by Frank Timmes and Chris Impey
AAS Curated Content for Moving Astronomy Courses Online
Open Virtual or Online Teaching Resources
Astronomy Education, Volume 1: Evidence-based instruction for introductory courses by Chris Impey and Sanlyn Buxner

Undergraduate Open Education Resources:
Astronomy by Andrew Fraknoi, David Morrison, and Sidney C. Wolff
TeachAstronomy by Chris Impey and the TeachAstronomy textbook
Center for Astronomy Education by JPL NASA
Crash Course Astronomy by Phil Plait

Advanced undergraduate and first year graduate Open Education Resources:
Ed Brown's Lecture Notes
The Open Astrophysics Bookshelf

Free, browser based planetarium programs:
World Wide Telescope
TheSkyLive 3D Solar System
Google Sky

Open-source for desktops and laptops:

Augmented reality apps for mobile devices
Free, often with with paid about $5 options

Commercial, often with institutional discounts
Starry Night
Stellarium Mobile

Archives of Past Classes: Geometry of Art and Nature, Calculus

Illustrations for my courses, and more!

A place to start posting my notes:
Abundance variables
• Abundance variable first derivative nuances
• Abundance variable first derivative examples
• Abundance variable second derivatives
• Nuclear energy generation expressions
• Reaction network origins
Effective reaction rates for networks
Self-heating reaction networks

Future famous astrophysicists in action
at the 2016 MESA Summer School